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Leave the Cold behind, Winter in the Safe Quiet Paradise of Costa Rica

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type bungalow
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 3)

Our one bedroom guest house, rents by four day minimum, weekly, or one month maximum which is negotiable during the stay if desired, and features a King Sized Bed, and balcony for that morning coffee or bird watching. A short walk to the Main House will put you beside the large private pool complete with showers and washroom facilities. Temperatures range from 25 to 32 degrees Celsius which holds the pool temperature comfortable for swimming, floating or massaging with the Jacuzzi Jets while sipping your favorite beverage.

The Property is beautifully landscaped and maintained. Rooms have A/C and remote control ceiling fans, cable TV, and high speed internet.

Located 45 minutes from Juan Santamaria International Airport and the newly developed area of Escazu and Santa Ana, for those who want to shop.

The beaches of Herradura & Jaco are 45 minutes away for golfing or surfing, or for walking or biking on the beach a short drive to Esterillos.

Keywords: Flat bungalow on beautiful landscaped acerage in fruit producing region.

More Details

Grace Lund
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 3, 2017

About Grace Lund

Grace and Ivan live full time on the property where we keep busy with the Landscaping, and maintenance. I am Costa Rican and Ivan is Canadian, we love Costa Rica for it's friendly people and abundant plant and animal life.

Grace Lund purchased this bungalow in 2007

Why Grace Lund chose Cantón San Mateo

After living in Canada for 28 years and raising two children, my Husband and I decided it was time to leave the Cold White North and find some peace, tranquility, and warmth. After travelling the country we decided to settle in the San Mateo area, the property produces avocados, mangos, lemons, oranges, star fruit, and attracts an abundance of exotic birds and wild life.

What makes this bungalow unique

There are many amenities within a short drive from the property, beaches, golf, sport fishing, surfing, boating, restaraunts, shopping, crocodile watching, adventure parks, which can be enjoyed on day trips. Then the tourist hustle can be left behind while you rest beside the pool and plan your next adventure.


Cantón San Mateo Bungalow Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • bungalow
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3 ...
  • Max. adults: 3
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Sink and vanity
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
  • Large closet with ensuite, and cedar storage chest.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Senior Adults Only Community
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Jacuzzi jets attached to pool.


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(21 traveler reviews)

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Leave the Cold behind, Winter in the Safe Quiet Paradise of Costa Rica
average rating of 5.0 based on 21 reviews
Floresville, Texas

Pleased beyond expectation

  • 5 of 5

This was our last stop on our three week CR getaway. It was awesome to meet the property owners and visit about life in Costa Rica. They provided us with information about tours and places to dine. We decided on Volcano Poaz but I forget about the advice to wear long pants and take a jacket but still glad we went. The views are up close and there is a small museum in the park. We also did the Calypso Tortuga Island Tour out of Puntarenas. We had a great time starting with breakfast and ending with the sunset. The casita is spacious, well stocked, comfortable, secure, and beautiful. The property is full of native trees and plants. It was cashew harvesting season and I was was happy to learn all about it. I loved the flavor of the natural nut and fruit.

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our guests Larry and Lisa were wonderful, well traveled, and knowledgable of common interests, such as organic gardening, we wish their stay was longer, and hope they return in the future, and maintain their positive energy and karma in their future endeavours . It is always gratifying for Grace and I to hear positive responses to this very beautiful and diverse country of Costa Rica. Ivan and Grace
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Perfect for first time Costa Rica travelers!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay! We chose not to arrange transportation due to the high cost of the rental and fuel (they pay by the liter not the gallon). Ivan is an alertive and conscientious driver. We were not used to the driving there but got acquainted with it really quickly. Thanks to Ivan's driving skills, this was/is no concern. Ivan and Grace took us around to all of the spots we requested and helped us time our leaving so we would not get rained out as we came on the tail end of the rainy season and it rains very early in the afternoon. They charged us a very reasonable fee and saved us a ton on the transportation costs. The guest house is incredibly charming and the pool was great. We don't typically care for dogs, but their dogs are very friendly, mellow, and greeted us at the gate every day we returned. We really enjoyed ourselves and are thankful we stayed with them, as there were a lot of unknowns we would have been challenged with without their assistance. We even had the chance to hang out with their delightful friends and family. I highly recommend staying with them if you are looking for an authentic experience and need someone to hold your hand through the experience. Thank you Ivan and Grace! God bless.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Freddy and Serobia were a delightful couple, interesting to talk to, and very polite, appreciative, and easy to please, would love to have them back in the future. Our casita was left as if no one had stayed there, making ready for our next guests a breeze. Grace and I wish them well in all their future endeavours.
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Marvelous experience

  • 5 of 5

Grace and Ivan were excellent hosts, right from the beginning when they met us at the airport. It was a long day of travelling, and they ensured we started our vacation without a hitch. We accompanied them out for dinner our first night, which was also a great experience, and we revisited that particular restaurant again. The casita was very comfortable, we loved dining on the front patio. The kitchen was well equipped with everything we needed to make our meals. I loved the great drinking water, and the ice machine. The yard was very well maintained, and the amazing tree in front of the casita provided us with many enjoyable hours of bird watching. The location was great for many day trips, and there were lots of things we got to see thanks to the great tips we received from our hosts. The pool was also wonderful. I loved having the dogs around, they are so well behaved, and for anyone who didn't want to interact with the dogs, there is lots of fencing. I, however, found it very comforting to have them around, and to be greeted each day with wagging tails. I was quite attached by the time we left!! All in all, it was one of our best holidays, Grace and Ivan made us feel very welcome, they went above and beyond to ensure that our vacation was wonderful, and I highly recommend their casita!!

  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Brian and Jane were wonderful guests, well travelled, interesting conversation, and eager to see as much as possible of this beautiful country. Grace and I would love to see them back.
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The only thing more lovely than the casita were the hosts.

  • 5 of 5

Great location, near one national park and not too far from others and the water. Beautiful cottage, exactly as described. The hosts were truly wonderful. Can't wait to get back.

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Grace and I thoroughly enjoyed having Jack and Joan, it is always nice having well traveled guests to share experiences of places visited in an interesting time. Grace and Ivan
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We thoroughly enjoy our time in San Mateo.

  • 5 of 5

We have been to this property several times and it suits us perfectly as a way to escape the Canadian weather. We particularly enjoy listening to the Ottawa morning radio show via internet and hearing reports of -25 deg. weather back home. The accommodation is great. The property is very well maintained and Dona Carmen comes in regularly to clean the casita. The owners are very helpful and friendly and willing to correct any problems that occur immediately. The property is in a rural setting so you will need a car to get around. The location is perfect for touring the countryside, going to the beach or visiting San Jose.

  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Honeymoon Paradise

  • 5 of 5

If you plan a trip to Costa Rica you must stay at this Casita! The property is absolutely magnificent. The Casita is perfect for a couple, especially honeymooners! The bedroom is perfect, with a very comfortable king size bed & the walk in shower with the extra- large shower head was very soothing, especially after an all day hike! The laundry room was very handy, to keep our laundry clean and fresh, especially for the trip home. A propane grill is kept on the front porch area, which we loved! The kitchen is very accommodating, with a micro-wave, coffee maker, all the dishes & utensils are very clean & plentiful. Spices, sugar & fresh coffee was waiting for us upon arrival, not to mention a nice bottle of wine & chilled beer. Ivan & Grace are perhaps the kindest & most incredibly generous people we have had the pleasure of meeting. Grace met us in San Mateo at a very quaint restaurant & helped us order a delicious meal. She gave us several tips about the food & how to pay for our meals, then she escorted us to the Casita & gave us a full tour. We needed a laptop to finish programming our Garmin GPS, Ivan provided us with his personal laptop & the Garmin was programmed. We arrived without our hair dryer so Grace loaned us hers. They invited us for a Christmas Eve dinner, unfortunately our plans that day kept us out late, but Ivan invited us for wine & Grace sent us home with homemade Tamales. They provided so much important information on where to go & what to see. Ivan is Canadian & Grace is Costa Rican & both are very easy to talk with, conversation was very enjoyable. Upon leaving for the airport we discovered we left our camera bag at the Casita, this incredible man, Ivan drove to the airport 45 minutes and hand delivered the camera bag. These two individuals are without dispute, the nicest most generous people we have had the pleasure of meeting.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica
Parque Metropolitano La Sabana
National Museum of Costa Rica
Pueblo Antiguo
Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
50 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
50 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
8 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
6 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
50 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Zip lining.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $233.5

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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